GENERAL LANGUAGE CLASSES ($320+ materials)
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated in English as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL (compared to the German abbreviations GeR or GeRS, the French abbreviation CECR, the Italian QCER, or the Spanish MCER), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project "Language Learning for European Citizenship" between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe. In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended using the CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. The six reference levels (see below) are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.
Students who are new to the Alliance Française but who have taken French courses before or have spent time in a French speaking country must take an informal placement test at the time of registration. This test can be done in person during registration or can be taken online. In order to ensure a more accurate placement, the online placement, the online placement test will be followed by a quick interview with a French instructor who will recommend a class.
101: Introduces the first-time student to speaking, listening, reading and writing in French with a strong vocabulary for talking about oneself and others, asking questions, responding in the affirmative and the negative, using a large group of verbs and a varied vocabulary.
102-106: Continuation of 101 presenting a natural progression of work with grammar and vocabulary. An informal placement test is offered at registration.
201: Reviews, refines and expands the material of 101-106 at the intermediate level.
202-206: Present new material in units designed to be self-contained with an emphasis on conversation reading and writing skills at the intermediate level.
300: Levels are advanced intermediate conversation courses, with a grammar review and a text for reading and discussion (literary texts and/or articles from the media).
350: Is an advanced conversation course for those who wish to continue their review of grammar, while reading a variety of texts.
400: Is an advanced conversation level using current events as a base for discussion.
401: Is an advanced conversation level with literary texts and literary discussion subjects.
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